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PAUL WILLIAMSON
2005-01-27, 08:18
>>> nic (AT) nwardle (DOT) freeserve.co.uk 1/27/2005 10:09:58 AM >>>

<snip>


>Nic
>
>PS: some people refer to their squeezeboxes as "squeezeboxen"
>is this just coincidental typos or a new collective noun?!

Just think of ox. When you refer to many, it's oxen, not oxes.
Yes, I know it's not that way with fox and foxes, but it's just
different.

Now what about forums vs. fora? That one has always confused me.

Paul

Thomas B. Malsbury
2005-01-27, 08:27
>>PS: some people refer to their squeezeboxes as "squeezeboxen"
>>is this just coincidental typos or a new collective noun?!
>>
>>
>
>Just think of ox. When you refer to many, it's oxen, not oxes.
>Yes, I know it's not that way with fox and foxes, but it's just
>different.
>
>
I always liked to think it was a tribute to Brian Regan's bit called
"Stupid in School":


"Brian, how do you make a word a plural?"

"You put a 's'...put a 's' at the end of it."

"When?"

"On weekends and holidays."

"No, Brian. Let me show you." So she asked this kid who knew everything.
Irwin. "Irwin, what's the plural for ox?"

"Ox. Oxen. The farmer used his oxen."

"Brian?"

"What?"

"Brian, what's the plural for box?"

"Boxen. I bought 2 boxen of doughnuts."

"No, Brian, no. Let's try another one. Irwin, what's the plural for goose?"

"Geese. I saw a flock of geese."

"Brian?"

"Wha-a-at?"

"What's the plural for moose?"

"Moosen! I saw a flock of MOOSEN! There were many of 'em. Many much
moosen. Out in the woods...in the wood-es...in the woodsen. The meese
want the food in the woodesen...food is the eatenesen...the meese want
the food in the woodesenes...food in the woodesenes."

"Brian. Brian! You're an imbecile."

"Imbecilen!"

Jack Coates
2005-01-27, 09:11
PAUL WILLIAMSON wrote:
>>>>nic (AT) nwardle (DOT) freeserve.co.uk 1/27/2005 10:09:58 AM >>>
>
>
> <snip>
>
>
>>Nic
>>
>>PS: some people refer to their squeezeboxes as "squeezeboxen"
>>is this just coincidental typos or a new collective noun?!
>
>
> Just think of ox. When you refer to many, it's oxen, not oxes.
> Yes, I know it's not that way with fox and foxes, but it's just
> different.
>
> Now what about forums vs. fora? That one has always confused me.
>
> Paul

Unwashed masses vs. those who read, same as viruses vs. virii :)

Now I want to know why residential neighborhoods aren't full of hice.
After all, one doesn't have a headful of louses or a cageful of mouses.

--
Jack at Monkeynoodle dot Org: It's a Scientific Venture...
Riding the Emergency Third Rail Power Trip since 1996!

Roy Owen
2005-01-27, 09:17
On Thu, 27 Jan 2005 08:11:50 -0800, Jack Coates <jack (AT) monkeynoodle (DOT) org> wrote:
> PAUL WILLIAMSON wrote:
> >>>>nic (AT) nwardle (DOT) freeserve.co.uk 1/27/2005 10:09:58 AM >>>
> >
> >
> > <snip>
> >
> >
> >>Nic
> >>
> >>PS: some people refer to their squeezeboxes as "squeezeboxen"
> >>is this just coincidental typos or a new collective noun?!
> >
> >
> > Just think of ox. When you refer to many, it's oxen, not oxes.
> > Yes, I know it's not that way with fox and foxes, but it's just
> > different.
> >
> > Now what about forums vs. fora? That one has always confused me.
> >
> > Paul
>
> Unwashed masses vs. those who read, same as viruses vs. virii :)
>
> Now I want to know why residential neighborhoods aren't full of hice.
> After all, one doesn't have a headful of louses or a cageful of mouses.
>
> --
> Jack at Monkeynoodle dot Org: It's a Scientific Venture...
> Riding the Emergency Third Rail Power Trip since 1996!
>

Robin Bowes
2005-01-27, 09:19
Jack Coates wrote:
> Now I want to know why residential neighborhoods aren't full of hice.
> After all, one doesn't have a headful of louses or a cageful of mouses.

Only the posh areas have "hices".

(Don't know if this joke will translate across the pond!)

R.
--
http://robinbowes.com

Jack Coates
2005-01-27, 09:20
Roy Owen wrote:
> On Thu, 27 Jan 2005 08:11:50 -0800, Jack Coates <jack (AT) monkeynoodle (DOT) org> wrote:
>
>>PAUL WILLIAMSON wrote:
>>
>>>>>>nic (AT) nwardle (DOT) freeserve.co.uk 1/27/2005 10:09:58 AM >>>
>>>
>>>
>>><snip>
>>>
>>>
>>>>Nic
>>>>
>>>>PS: some people refer to their squeezeboxes as "squeezeboxen"
>>>>is this just coincidental typos or a new collective noun?!
>>>
>>>
>>>Just think of ox. When you refer to many, it's oxen, not oxes.
>>>Yes, I know it's not that way with fox and foxes, but it's just
>>>different.
>>>
>>>Now what about forums vs. fora? That one has always confused me.
>>>
>>>Paul
>>
>>Unwashed masses vs. those who read, same as viruses vs. virii :)
>>
>>Now I want to know why residential neighborhoods aren't full of hice.
>>After all, one doesn't have a headful of louses or a cageful of mouses.
>>
>>--
>>Jack at Monkeynoodle dot Org: It's a Scientific Venture...
>>Riding the Emergency Third Rail Power Trip since 1996!
>>

Daniel Cohen
2005-01-27, 11:40
On 27/1/05 at 8:11 am -0800, Jack Coates wrote
>Now I want to know why residential neighborhoods aren't full of
>hice. After all, one doesn't have a headful of louses or a cageful
>of mouses.

As was said long ago


Although the plural of mouse is mice

it should not be assumed that

the plural of spouse is spice.
--
Daniel Cohen